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Appointment on Mars


Published 1952


Tales Of Tomorrow ep Appointment on Mars


* Season: 1
* Episode: 39
* First Aired: 6/27/1952


Audio/Visual sound, bw

Reviews

Reviewer: Spelvin - - March 31, 2013
Subject: Yeah, but ...
... this wasn't filmed, to be exact*. This was live television, so we have to cut it some slack.

*This is a film, but it's a kinescope, which is simply a film taken of the TV monitor as the show was being done live. That's why the quality isn't very good. Also, it tended to cut the edges off the image, so everything looks closer than it really was as originally broadcast.
Reviewer: Snake Plissken - - March 29, 2013
Subject: Unpleasantly Predictable
Not only was this episode poorly filmed - the ceiling and an unpainted side of the set clearly visible if only momentarily - but the storyline spelled calamity from the onset. Beer, firearms, a rabbit's foot combined with three insatiable and undisciplined egos foretold disaster. Laughably, the sound technician in charge of the wind must've taken an unscheduled bathroom break when the rabbit's foot got lost. Good comedy in retrospect.
Reviewer: richgoup - - February 13, 2012
Subject: Appointmrnt on Mars (Tales of Tomorrow).
Season 1, episode 39.
Original air date: 27 June 1952.
Cast: Leslie Nielsen (Robbie), William Redfield (Bart), Robert Keith Jr. (Jack), Mark Allen (Martian Voice: uncredited), Allyn Edwards (Announcer: uncredited) and Sam Locante (Martian Voice: uncredited).
Leslie Nielsen was originally meant to shoot his assailant at the end of the episode. However the prop gun refused to fire, so Nielsen had to strangle his attacker instead.
From IMDB.
Reviewer: Albert Schlef - - October 3, 2010
Subject: OK
This episode isn't stellar, but it isn't bad.

It's always interesting to see how generations bygone did sci-fi.
Reviewer: cosmicolada - - August 26, 2009
Subject: To Perlster
That's not Brain Keith's father, that *is* Brian Keith. In his early acting days, he went by Robert Keith Jr. :-)

Here's the IMDB entry for this episode: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0717020/

And for Brian Keith: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001417/
Reviewer: perlster - - August 26, 2009
Subject: pretty standard sci-fi plot
What makes this worth watching are the appearances of Leslie Neilsen and Brian Keith's father Robert (the likeness is astonishing).
Reviewer: HollywoodBob - - August 24, 2009
Subject: old sci-fi plot
I've seen this sci-fi plot in countless books, movies and tv shows... astronauts land on an alien world and begin killing each other. Good performance by Brian Keith.
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